…..Up (not Essex sadly and TOWIU doesn’t quite have the same ring to it as TOWIE apparently).
However, the reality stars of the hockey world this weekend were undoubtedly the Mens 1s who had probably secured their promotion back to the Yorkshire Premier League before striking a ball in anger on Saturday, courtesy of surprise wins for Ben Rhydding over nearest challengers Hull and a defeat for Slazengers. A 6-0 win down the road at Weetwood against Leeds 5s effectively secured not just promotion but also the title with an impressive goal difference for Ben’s men looking an impossible task to turn around. Congratulations to all of the mens 1s but in particular to skipper Nathan and coach Ben (fresh from a rare outing on the pitch for the 2s earlier in the afternoon) and hopefully the mens 1s can start to climb up the leagues once again after a couple of years on just missing promotion in the last 2 seasons. Having seen the mens 1s play most of their home games this season, the promotion is fully deserved and the team have scored over 100 league goals already with 3 games still to play. I am sure a full match report will be posted by one of the squad shortly for those unable to be there to cheer them on from the sidelines.
The Mens 2s also had a solid 5-2 win at home to York despite going behind to an early goal, but with goalscoring threats across all of the pitch the 2s fought back, finished well and whilst promotion may be beyond them this season, the strength in depth at the top end of the club is the strongest it has been for a while. The Mens 3s had a tougher task playing table-toppers Harrogate who were a mix of experienced senior players and some youthful talent coming through the Harrogate Academy. A 2-0 defeat was disappointing but with a weakened team for the 3s it showed the fighting qualities and determined spirit that has been present this season.
The 4s having just sobered up from the previous weekend travelled to Bradford with a depleted squad but those there were determined not to see a fall in standards having completed their promotion target the week before. A comprehensive 7-2 victory (covered elsewhere in Skipper Sam’s match report) maintained their next target of avoiding defeat all season. The 5’s had the early start at Adel and perhaps took some time to wake up but as they entered the last 10 minutes of the game 3-1 down to another Harrogate side, some steely determination and a couple of well worked short corners converted by Holden (junior) and Studholme (senior) meant the points were shared. Yesterdays 5s result v Scarborough not yet known at time of going to press but I suspect a few of the team may have been slightly worse for wear after the previous evening’s social event organised by President Poll.
All in all a pleasing day for the mens section with 3 wins, 1 draw and 1 defeat and the second of our teams securing their promotion with games in hand.
The ladies section also had a busy weekend with the 1s facing a tough game against table toppers and runaway leaders Leeds University. A 5-1 defeat was an unfair reflection of the effort put in by the 1s, especially in the 2nd half of the game, but congratulations to the students who have looked to be the strongest team in the league all season and move on to challenge in the higher league next season.
The ladies 2s had what appeared on paper to be a relatively easier game against Chapeltown who are fighting off relegation. The first half saw Adel dominance only rewarded with a single goal from Rachel Barson (again), but in the second half the 2s played with more speed and movement and three further goals from Tina Parson, Rosie Baker (another slick corner routine) and skipper Robyn Lindsay improved the scoreline and saw the 2s maintain their 2nd place in the table which would mean a play off game against Lindum 2s to decide on promotion next season. The 2s have a couple of tricky games in their final few matches but on current form are showing the ability to keep going all the way to the end of the season and with sufficient warning about the play off games they have nothing to be afraid of in a potential “winner takes all” cup final.
The ladies 3s got back to winning ways on their travels to Harrogate with an impressive 3-1 win and are hoping to finish the season strongly. The ladies 4s had a busy weekend with a narrow 1-0 defeat on Saturday soon forgotten with a very impressive win over Bradford 1s. Any game against another 1s team is always a challenge but Bradford are a club on the up and were sitting in 2nd place in the table prior to this game so congratulations to Hannah and the team for rising to the challenge of a Sunday game after a narrow defeat the day before (and the social event….)
And finally the ladies 5s continued on their travels away to Huddersfield and were narrowly defeated 2-1 but continue to enjoy their hockey and show signs of improvement that bode well for the club.
Thanks to everyone who took the time to come along and support, encourage and cheer on all of our teams – results this season suggest this clearly makes a difference and is appreciated by those on the pitch!